Receivepickup fromyour Hanoi hotel in the morning and begin your full-day tour with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Hos final resting place with your guide. Just next door is Ho Chi Minhs house on stilts, and standingto one side of the mausoleum is One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. Learn howthe structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.
Then continue on to Tran Quoc Pagoda at West Lake to see one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam. Visit Bat Trang pottery village (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only) before a set lunch at a local restaurant.
Afterward, proceed to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday only), followed by the Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam): Vietnams first university, constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnams past. You're takenpast Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword)to see the tranquilwaters and the beauty of Ngoc Son (Jade Mountain Temple).
Finally, journey through Hanois Old Quarter, where eachbustling street is named after atrade that used to take place there. Have free timefor some shopping and exploration before your tour ends in the late afternoon.
For an additional expense, payable direct, you can addon a 1-hour bike tour or opt to see a water puppet show a traditional performance that dates back to the 11th century in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam before hotel drop-off.